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TCI: Two PNPs fingered for voter fraud, situation said to be on the way to AG



#Providenciales, March 2, 2019 – Turks and Caicos – It has to be a case of utter ignorance of the law which has caused two well-known PNP supporters to allegedly commit voter fraud. 

Former General Election candidate for the Progressive National Party in Electoral District 10 (Wheeland), Dameko Dean and PNP constituency chairman for Wheeland, Jameka Williams may be subject to investigation for allegedly forging voters’ signatures on as many as 31 claims when they could have just as easily, have signed their own names. 

From the Elections Office, the law says this: ‘Elector’s can make Claims on their own or on behalf of others, as set out in Form 3 in Schedule 1 under Elections Ordinance 2018 Revised Laws and similarly, Objections can be made as set out in Form 4 in Schedule 1.’

Disputes on residents who were on the voter register in the Wheeland constituency were filed with the Elections Court, which is any citizens right.  It is also the right of any citizen to sign the claim on their own behalf.  For some bizarre reason, Dean and Williams, both opted to allegedly forge the signatures of the electors instead, making it appear that the individuals were themselves making the claims. 

Blue Hills Member of Parliament, Minister Goldray Ewing, in speaking to PTV News Watch said that was unnecessary and unwise.

“They could have submitted the claims on behalf of themselves, they did not have to forge people’s signature.  They could have submitted the claim and signed their own name to it and everything would have been fine because the Ordinance makes provision for that.  But when you are going to make a claim that is like it is coming from that person and forge their signature to say that that person has done it (filed the claim) themselves that is a serious crime.”

Minister Ewing said the action is in breach of Section 11 (6) of the Elections Ordinance and the PDM Party believes the pair should face charges.

National Chairman of the PDM, Doug Parnell informed that the Elections Office had been hearing claims and objections for the past two days now at Butterfield Square in Down Town, Providenciales.  Parnell, who appeared on behalf of the governing PDM at those hearings, said the actions of Dameko Dean and Jameka Williams will now go to the Attorney General’s Chambers, and serious criminal charges could follow.

In a February 1, 2019 media release, the Elections Office advised the public that ‘Claims and Objections’ could be submitted within 14 days of publication of the lists.




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Kamala Harris to meet with Caribbean leaders in The Bahamas



Rashaed Esson

Staff Writer



#USA, June 5, 2023 – Kamala Harris, United States Vice President will journey to Nassau Bahamas in June for a top level meeting with Caribbean  leaders, marking the first time she will visit the region since occupying office in 2021.

According to the White House in a statement, the meeting will bring attention to a range of regional issues.  Harris and the Caribbean leaders will continue talks on the shared efforts to address the climate crisis, such as promoting climate resilience and adaptation in the region and increasing energy security through clean energy.

Additionally, the statement informed that Harris’ trip “delivers on the Biden-Harris Administration’s commitment to advance cooperation with the Caribbean in pursuit of shared prosperity and security, and in recognition of the common bonds and interests between our nations.”

The June 8th meeting builds on and strengthens the U.S.-Caribbean Partnership to Address the Climate Crisis 2030, which was launched by the Vice President and Caribbean leaders in Los Angeles at the Summit of the Americas as further mentioned by White House Statement.

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Woman who lost foot is Alexandra Truwit, Yale Grad & All American Swimmer



By Dana Malcolm 

Staff Writer



#TurksandCaicos, June 5, 2023 – A champion swimmer, marathon runner, Ivy League graduate and world traveler with a huge smile– that is Alexandra Truwit; at only 22 years old, she has a whole life ahead of her, one that may have now been made exponentially harder by the loss of her foot in an incident which continues to be unconfirmed, but reported as a shark attack off the coast of Providenciales.

Magnetic Media learned Truwit, who is a very experienced swimmer, was on a private charter captained by an employee of Big Blue Collective (not a Big Blue Charter).  She was bitten by what eyewitnesses think could have been a Caribbean Reef Shark and her foot below the ankle was completely severed.

It’s a heartbreaking incident exacerbated by the young woman’s obvious love for- and proficiency in- the water.

The Yale website describes Truwit as a Two-time USA Swimming Academic All-American.  Featured as a ‘Teen Titan’ in her high school, she was one of ten young people chosen for the school’s magazine. 

Truwit, who has a twin brother, cites nail art and baking as her life joys. Already having survived ‘mono’ as a teen, she volunteers as a Special Olympics “hugger” and started a Special Olympics club at her high school.

She was airlifted from the Turks and Caicos on the day of her accident and there have been no updates on her condition so far.  Residents in the TCI and the US have expressed via social media their best wishes for the young achiever and must now wait, hoping for the best possible outcome.

One resident said, “So sorry Alexandra you had to encounter such a traumatic experience while on vacation on our beautiful Island.  I am praying for a successful surgery and speedy recovery for you, hopefully, the surgeon can work their magic for you.”

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Governor’s Appointed Member touts Civil Service Upgrade during Budget Debates



By Dana Malcolm 

Staff Writer 



#TurksandCaicos, June 5, 2023 – There are sweeping changes coming to the civil service this year after years of complaints about delays and understaffing.

“For the year 2023/24, the office of the Deputy Governor has a very ambitious public sector transformation centered around improving service delivery and the customer experience.”

This came from Governors Appointed Member Willin Belliard, as he rose in the budget debates on Thursday May 18 to detail the revamp.

Phase one of E-procurement which will allow for the virtual submission of tenders is to be implemented. Along with that will come E-Jobs, a similar system touted to make job applications virtual, swift and easy.

Implementation of the Human Capital Procurement Program is also on the list of deliverables. Human capital is sorely lacking in the Turks and Caicos across the public and private sectors with hundreds of vacancies sitting open and resignations continuing to pile up.

Public servants will also find it easier to enroll into the all new Public Sector Pension Plan with the advent of a portal to remove the need for paper based applications.

The previously announced pay grading exercise is on the table to be completed and a Contract management unit has now been created to manage the delivery of projects that taxpayers are funding.

Residents of the Turks and Caicos have complained bitterly about the state of the civil service in the country for years. From police records to the treasury, the service is characterized by low staffing, frustrating wait time and long lines.

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